12 Best Charlize Theron Movies You Must See

There aren’t many actresses in Hollywood right now who are judicious disciples of method acting. Many prefer rather to rely on the comeliness of their body, and in the moment circumstances to trudge them on. Therefore someone who is a method actor becomes a revered and priceless commodity. And both of the above is Charlize Theron. The South African beauty has established herself as scrupulous and inspiring student of the art, and has given certain memorable performances.

Theron’s changing looks in movies have gotten her the title of a chameleon, and has seen her rocket to the acme of her career. Her adaptability has protected her from being monotonous, and being dogmatically associated to one single genre. Saluting her spirit and celebrating her art, we decided to acquaint the world with some of her top work. Here is the list of top 12 Charlize Theron movies. Happy reading!

 

12. A Million Days to Die in the West (2014)

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Not a great movie, by any stretch of imagination, but if there’s a reason to watch the film it is Charlize Theron. Seth McFarlane’s written Western-comedy saw Theron inhabit the character of Anna Barnes Leatherwood, a charismatic and exuberant simpleton, who lives with her husband in the guise of siblings for an ulterior plan. A burgeoning friendship ensues between her and Albert, when the latter saves the former from being crushed to her death. The relationship complicates things, and culminate into funny crescendos. It is perhaps the most normal yet moving performance from her in the list. Theron managed to be endearingly heartfelt and had an enduring sense of humor. She certainly brought her A-game to the fore, and reveled in a limited yet important role.

 

11. The Burning Plain (2008)

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For the umpteenth time, a bad movie doesn’t necessarily translate into bad performances. In her own production, Theron starred as Sylvia, a highly dysfunctional and successful woman, whose promiscuity and proclivities towards suicide keep her on the edge. We are told about how Sylvia, formerly known as Mariana, escapes her life and starts a new one, away from her family and friends. Meeting her estranged and obscure daughter turns s new chapter in her life, one that she is reluctant to pursue. Theron’s subtle yet bold display of human insouciance was both appealing and pain-afflicting. The tangible sense of realism that she lends to the character stands out in an egregiously flawed film.

 

 10. Hancock (2008)

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Theron proved her mettle as an adroit action star, with her turn as  Mary Embrey, Ray’s wife and Hancock’s ex-wife who also has powers and abilities like him, but they are both becoming weak as they are close to each other, in ‘Hancock’. Generally a superhero movie doesn’t require people to delve deep and philosophize, but she did exactly that and gave layers to an otherwise straightforward character. She makes this conscious decision to live in suburbia and be this soccer mom to her stepson and be the perfect wife—she lives in this bubble. This restraint is to masquerade her own super-powers, which she knows to have devastating effects. A decent performance though.

 

9. Mighty Joe Young (1998)

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One of Theron’s primitive roles was an apotheosis of her dedication and colloquial way of evolving a character. Playing the doting mother of a 2000 pound mountain gorilla, Theron exquisitely manages to hold the film together, the burden of which squarely rested on her shoulders. Still in the nascent stages of her career, she managed to carve out her character’s identity in a respectful and thoughtful manner, establishing her credentials as a thespian of the art. She made the movie likable and acceptable for kids, and her intense rivalry matched her uninhibited portrayal of a protective and caring mother to someone who isn’t her own child.

 

8. Cider House Rules (1999)

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‘Cider House Rules’ turned out to be her third major consecutive success, which accorded her the status of a superstar. it also became her most critically acclaimed role to date, and earned her various nominations. The movie features her as Candy Kendall, a young impregnated woman, who discovers a new friend in a clinic, Homer, where she had gone to get an abortion. Her husband, a serving defense personnel, has to answer to the nation’s duty, which renders a manifestation of a special relationship between Candy and Homer. Receptive of a paraplegic Wally, Candy finds herself in a moral quandary of deciding between her own emotions for Homer, or her duty as the ailing Wally’s wife. Theron simply was outstanding in the film, and her scenes especially with Maguire were the highlight of the movie.

 

7. The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

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If you are an admirer of her comeliness and beauty, this is the film to start. The story follows Kevin Lomax, a defense attorney who has never lost a case, being given a golden chance to join the Milton firm. The ensuing job isolates him from his wife Mary Ann (Theron), and furthers his descent into being a slave of his work and his enigmatic boss. Mary Ann is the victim of the firm’s owner’s brutal atrocities, being raped and mutilated by him, as her pleading doesn’t convince Kevin. She later is instituted in a mental penitentiary, where she commits suicide. Theron does a compelling job in convincing us of her innocence and sense of loneliness. The iconic film certainly benefited from her inclusion, which also made it more visually appealing film.

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